Chris Kraus

  • The Border Film Project

    Exhibited recently in the form of an installation at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Rudy Adler, Victoria Criado, and Brett Huneycutt’s Border Film Project, 2005–2006, is a flexible, transportable civics infomercial, presenting two polarized sides of the explosive issue of border control in post–Patriot Act America—a war of bodies and language. Developed with SMoCA curator Marilu Knode, the project exists—and can be viewed with almost equal effect—as a website and as a color spread in Good magazine; it will also soon be published in book form. Since its first full presentation last

  • THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

    ELEVEN SCHOLARS, CRITICS, AND ARTISTS CHOOSE THE YEAR’S OUTSTANDING TITLES.

    JOHN BALDESSARI

    Kierkegaard once said that his goal in writing was to make life difficult for people. I read Edward Said’s On Late Style (Pantheon) because its title suggested that it might offer insights into my life’s pursuit of trying to understand art. The subtitle of the book is Music and Literature Against the Grain. The photo of Said on the back cover shows his shirt collar slightly askew, which I chose to understand as an unintended message.

    There are no artists (in the narrow sense) discussed, but the book contains